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Probus, 276-282 AD
Antoninianus 2nd officina
Born in Sirmium (modern Pannonian city of Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) he entered the army in an early age distinguishing himself under the Emperors Valerian, Aurelian and Tacitus. Appointed governor of the East by Tacitus, at whose death he was immediately proclaimed his successor by the military (276) once Tacitus’ half-brother Florianus was put to death by his own troops. Probus successfully re-established the security of all the frontiers. As he cleared Gaul of German invaders Probus received titles of Gothicus Maximus and Germanicus Maximus. In order to restart the agricultural economy he employed soldiers in peace time. While Probus was eager to start his eastern campaign. After leaving Rome the Praetorian Guard commander Marcus Aurelius Carus proclaimed himself emperor. Discontent with their peacetime non military assignments disloyal troops assassinated Probus.Obverse radiate bust wearing consular robes and holding eagle-tipped scepter IMP PROBVS AVG. Reverse SOLI INVICTO Sol standing in quadriga of leaping horses raising right hand while holding a whip in the other R (star) B (officina 2).
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition

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